Posts tagged with "Tech"
RSS: there's nothing better

“An RSS feed? That’s so 2007!” “Well then what do you suggest instead?” “Everyone gets their updates through their Facebook feeds these days! Just make a Facebook page!” “That sounds great! Then half of my subscribers will see half of my updates, during weeks in which Zuckerberg choses to weigh the algorithms more towards news and less towards friends’ photos. Also everyone has to have a Facebook account.” “Yeah, okay, point made. Twitter is better anyway: it’s totally public, doesn’t force people to sign in to see feeds, and its feeds aren’t subject to...

Apple and the jackless iPhone

As anyone at all exposed to the internet will know by now, Apple has removed the 3.5mm audio jack from the new iPhone that’s coming out. This has been the cause of much wailing and gnashing of teeth, but will probably not be the cause of a significant drop in iPhone sales. Much of the prevailing attitude appears to be that now that the great gods at One Infinite Loop have removed the audio jack, people will just have to go on living without it, shouldering the burden of not...

Apps vs websites

My immediate reaction to seeing yet another call from some website, shopping chain or mall to please install their app for all of these amazing benefits and indispensable features is to wonder just how many narrow-purpose apps any given person can have on their phone and use regularly. Just think about your own app usage – there’s the general stuff like your alarm, calendar, email, browser, chat (i.e. WhatsApp), phone (haha), SMS, and maybe a torch or note-taking app depending on your needs....

The unified Windows 8 experience

I recently attended a talk from Microsoft on creating Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps. The talk started off with a speech about Microsoft’s aim to unify the Windows experience over all devices – desktop, tablet and phone. This has of course been Microsoft’s main talking point ever since the release of Windows 8 and related tablets and smartphones. I’ve opined about my problems with Windows 8 before, but I’ve only just now had this thought: does anyone actually want a unified experience across all their devices? And now...

Goodnight, sweet prince

So today’s the day support for Windows XP officially ends. Windows XP was released to the public on the 25th of October 2001. I remember being nine years old and seeing it on one or two of the computers in my parents’ office. My immediate first thought was “Why not Windows 2001?”, and that’s why they don’t hire nine-year-olds to do their marketing. I never liked the blue and green shiny plastic look, even when it was silver or olive. I never much liked the bulky gross...